Don Muller, Partner, WME

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Don Muller
Partner, WME

As an agent, you must be doing something right if your client is playing the Great Pyramids of Giza – and WME’s Don Muller saw one of his acts, alt-rock mainstays Red Hot Chili Peppers, do just that in March.

Nearly three decades after working with Marc Geiger to book the first Lollapalooza, Muller remains one of the rock world’s most formidable agents, with a roster that includes Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Weezer and more. 

Says Muller: “I have been so fortunate to represent some of the most amazing bands in the world.”

In 2019, Muller’s marquee acts show little sign of slowing down. Foo Fighters, which ranked No. 14 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart grossing $87.3 million in 2018, will tour overseas and play festivals stateside including Sonic Temple, Epicenter, Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage.

Pearl Jam, meanwhile, had two-show stands at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Seattle’s T-Mobile Park last summer that grossed $7.1 million, $6.7 million and $7.8 million, respectively. This year, frontman Eddie Vedder, also a WME client, will play a string of European shows this summer and headline Southern California’s fourth annual Ohana Festival, which he also curates, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Meanwhile, Weezer, buoyed by its highest-charting single in more than a decade – the viral cover of Toto’s “Africa” – just wrapped a tour that included its first Madison Square Garden gig since 2008.

And this summer, client Live will play its classic 1994 album Throwing Stones on the “ALT-IMATE” tour, a co-headlining trek with fellow ‘90s stalwarts Bush that will hit sheds including Los Angeles’ Greek Theater.

As for rising artists, Muller sings the praises of client Madison Ryann Ward, whose in-the-works studio debut is being helmed by superproducer Rick Rubin. “The whole company signed her and we’re very excited,” he says. “Robby Fraser and I signed her for music.”